Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
The Doctrine of God: TheologyWe believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
In mathematical terms, we believe that 1x1x1=1. In lay man's terms there are three who's: (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and one what: (God). The trinity is the belief that there are three persons in one nature.
The trinity as taught by script; the Father planned salvation (John 3:16, Eph. 1:4). The Son accomplished it on the cross (John 17:4, 19:30, Heb. 1:1-2) and at the resurrection (Roman 4:25, 1Cor.15:1-6). The son submits to the Father (1 Cor. 11:3, 15:28) and the Holy Spirit glorifies the Son (John 16:14).
The Doctrine of Christ: ChristologyWe believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the second person in the triune Godhead, the Eternal Word manifested in the flesh (John 1:1-14). We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man (Matt. 1:18-20, Luke 1:26-38, John 8:58, Exodus 3:14). We believe that Christ came and lived a perfect and sinless life, died for our sins, as a representative and a substitute sacrifice. All who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood (Rom 3:21-26, 5:6-10). We believe that Christ rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died. His resurrected body was a pattern of that body, which at His return will be given to all resurrected believers (Mark 16:9, Acts 10:40, John 20:18, Philippians 3:21, 1 John 3:2).
We believe that our Lord ascended to Heaven and is seated at His Father's right hand, assuring us of the perfection of his work of redemption. He now, as head over all things to the church, is both intercessor and advocate on behalf of the saved. He will be at His Father's right hand until His second coming (Act 1:9-11, Heb.7:25, 9:12, 10:12, and 1John 2:1).
The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: PneumatologyWe believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity, proceeds from the Father and sent by the Son. The same substance, equal in power and glory, and is together with the Father and Son, to be believed in, obeyed and worshipped (John 15:26, 16:7).
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, regenerates, indwells believers at conversion, seals and separate believers apart to a Holy Life. He is the teacher of the Word God and our Guide for daily life (John 14:15-31, Rom. 8:9-17). We believe that every believer is in dwelt with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9). There is also a Baptismal in the Holy Spirit which should not be confused with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Act 2:4). We also hold that Christ is the Baptizer in this Baptismal (Matt. 3:11). It takes place from the inside of the individual. Baptizo is the Greek word for baptize; and it means to immerse, overwhelm.
The Doctrine of sin: HarmatologyWe believe that sin began in the Angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11-19, Isaiah 14:12-20); and is transmitted into the blood of the human race through our legal representative Adam, bringing with it sickness, disease, and death (Rom. 5: 12-21). Original sin had the following results:
- Total depravity of the human nature (Rom. 3:9-20, Eph 2:1-3)
- Broken communion with God (Gen 3:19, Eph. 2:1, 4:18)
- Shame and guilt (Gen 3:7-12)
- Physical and spiritual death (Gen 3:19, Eph. 2:1)
Sin, then can be defined as a volitional transgression against God and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We therefore conclude that man by nature, is sinful and that he has fallen from the glorious and righteous state, in which he was created, and became an unrighteous and unholy man. Therefore, he must be restored to his state of Holiness by being born again (John 3:7).